Precipitation ignores city, but showers countryside

Gary Mitchell Stormy weather played tag in and around the Portales area early Thursday morning, dumping more than an inch of rain in some places but teasing the city with only a trace. Jack Self, who works at the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, said the children’s home “didn’t get much rain at all,” but [...]

Obits 6/27

Pius Gibson Pius Olney Gibson III, 45, of Portales, died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at his home. He was born July 3, 1957, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to Dolores and Pius Olney Gibson Jr. He grew up in Jackson, Miss. He was a 1975 graduate of Forrest Hill High School in Jackson. He served in [...]

Gomez pleased with summer progress

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By Kevin Wilson Heading into the final phase of the summer basketball season, Portales girls coach Brenda Gomez is satisfied with the results. “It’s all been positive,” Gomez said in between Thursday night games at the Eastern New Mexico University team camp. “The turnout, the participation, the attitude — everything’s been positive.” Portales dropped a [...]

Community Calendar June 26

The Portales News-Tribune offers this space for community events. To submit or change an announcement, contact the Editorial Department at 356-4481 several days in advance. For Sunday’s paper, items must be submitted by mid-day Wednesday. Please keep submissions brief and to the point as space is limited. Thursday Al-Anon — 6 p.m., 1223 W. Ivy, [...]

Tele-auction succeeds

Kevin Wilson Two weeks after the KENW Tele-auction, event organizers say the desired results were met — just like the 26 auctions before it. While exact figures are not yet calculated, tele-auction coordinator Sheryl Borden said the annual event brought in about $75,000 to 80,000 in net profits for the station. “I would say that [...]

UFO festival out of this world

Angela Peacock The Roswell UFO Festival is an out-of-this-world experience, according to event organizers. The festival celebrating the world-renown1947 incident is scheduled for July 3-6. There will be a variety of activities at the Roswell Civic Center, International UFO Museum and elsewhere in Roswell. Each day the UFO museum is planning special events including a [...]

Area dairy owners may lose cattle herd

Jack King Officials are discussing with the owners of two Roosevelt County dairies the possibility of killing their cattle to eliminate all traces of bovine tuberculosis, State Veterinarian Dr. Steve England said Wednesday. The recent discovery of the disease led the United States Department of Agriculture to announce it will downgrade New Mexico from a [...]

Two Portales students ready for takeoff

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Mike Linn Two local students will get an aerial tour of Portales at 9 a.m. today, thanks to some drawings they sketched documenting a time line of air travel — from the Wright brothers to NASA’s atmosphere-penetrating space shuttles. Sunny Liu, 13, and recent Portales High graduate Monica Best won the state’s National Aviation Art [...]

Precautions can save lives during lightning

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Darrell Todd Maurina Curry County’s emergency management director worries people don’t take the threat of lightning serious enough. According to Ken De Los Santos, lightning is among the most dangerous weather phenomena in New Mexico — partly because people don’t know that storms can be dangerous long before rain begins to fall and therefore don’t [...]

Cooper loves to travel, watch basketball

This is the final in a series of profiles on Roosevelt County’s 2003 Pioneer of the Year candidates. Born on the fourth of July in 1915, Lucille Martin Cooper initially called home Celina, Texas. At the age of 12, she moved with her parents, Amye and Sam Martin, and two brothers to Clayton, N.M. She [...]